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Insights into BMP-mediated patterning with in vivo optogenetics

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Rogers,  K
Müller Group, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Max Planck Society;

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ElGamacy,  M
Müller Group, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Max Planck Society;

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Müller,  P
Müller Group, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Max Planck Society;

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Rogers, K., ElGamacy, M., Jordan, B., & Müller, P. (2020). Insights into BMP-mediated patterning with in vivo optogenetics. In 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB 2020) (pp. 164).


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000B-27E3-9
Abstract
Signaling molecules activate distinct patterns of gene expression to coordinate embryogenesis, but how
spatiotemporal expression diversity is generated is an open question. In zebrafish, a BMP signaling gradient
patterns the dorsal-ventral axis. We systematically identified BMP target genes with RNA-sequencing. Using
lightsheet microscopy and NanoString molecular barcoding, we found that BMP target genes have diverse
spatiotemporal expression patterns. Transcriptional responses to optogenetically generated high- and low-
amplitude BMP signaling pulses suggest that spatiotemporal expression is not defined by different signaling
activation thresholds. In addition, we observed negligible correlations between spatiotemporal expression and
transcription kinetics in response to BMP signaling pulses. In contrast, spatial differences between BMP target
genes largely collapsed when FGF and Nodal signaling were inhibited. Our results challenge the basic morphogen
model and indicate that combinatorial signaling by BMP, FGF, and Nodal is a major driver of spatial diversity in
BMP-dependent gene expression.